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  • TITLE OF WORK: Running: A New Musical
  • SUBTITLE: N/A
  • SELECT ONE: Original
  • REFERENCE WORK: none
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Broadway
  • NATURE: Drama
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE: Adult
  • STRUCTURE: Some spoken dialogue: Mostly sung
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 2 Hrs
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: Piano, Drums, Bass
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: When we run toward the truth in our lives we find our genuine selves.
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 1-8 Lctns.
  • STRONG LANGUAGE ALERT: Yes

Cast Description

Justin Shirko - 28, handsome in a modern way, Ed and Camille’s son, Tenor

Ed Shirko - Late 40’s, handsome, Mayoral candidate, High Baritone

Camille Shirko - Late 40’s, classically pretty, Ed’s wife, Mezzo

Cassidy Shirko - 19, punk/goth style, Ed and Camille’s daughter, Mezzo

Leslie Marks - 50’s, serious business style, political party chairperson, Alto

{Cast could optionally be supplemented with a few dancers, in a full production.}

Synopsis

When a married, closeted-gay mayoral candidate is outed in a lewd and public manner, he and his family struggle to pick up up the pieces and move forward.

Conservative mayoral candidate, Ed Shirko, is campaigning hard and wearing himself thin. His wife, Camille, decides to play her “mom” card and wrangles the help of their estranged son, Justin, who recently had to shut down his failed bookstore. Although in direct conflict with his father’s political stance, Justin agrees to return home. Expecting that his father knows of his return, when Ed shuns his arrival it drives the stake deeper into an already festering wound. After Ed unexpectedly suffers a major cardiac event in a very compromising position, Justin is propelled to stay at the urging of his mother, piled on with a guilt trip from his sister, Cassidy, who suffers from Blount’s disease, a disability used as a tool in her father’s political career.  To complicate matters, Ed’s political committee chairperson, Leslie Marks, doubts Ed’s ability to continue or to represent the party’s vision. What unravels is a family in crisis finding their way through the political game and discovering what makes them work and continue to survive.

Wrapped up in political games, lies and betrayals, the Shirko’s learn that the only way to heal their wounds is by running toward their genuine selves, and in doing so they realize that what they are going through is, truly, anybody’s race.

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